1996 Press Kit archive: Music

Irene started playing the violin when she was eight. At twelve, she had already played in public several times, in concert halls such as the "Salle Gaveau" in Paris. Mr. Robert Casadessus encouraged her to start a violin career, and presented hier to Mrs. Une Talluel, the teacher of Ginette Neveu. For the next three years, Line prepared Irene for the Paris National Conservatory.

At fifteen, Irene entered the Paris National Conservatory. She remained soloist at the Conservatory Orchestra for ail three years, working with conductors such as Serge Celibidache, Manuel Rosenthal, and Pierre Dervaux.

After the conservatory, Irene became first violin in both the Paris Philharmonie Orchestra and the Pasdeloup Symphonie Orchestra, where she played the premiere of a composition by Stockhausen. After a couple of years, Irene was selected to play Beethoven's and Mozart's Concerto as a soloist with the Pasdeloup Symphonie Orchestra.

Irene's career became international when she toured in Germany, playing chamber music, and when she followed her husband to Iran, and became First Violin at both the Opera and the Symphonie Orchestra of Teheran.

When Irene moved to Washington, D.C., in 1975, Alexandre was just born. Irene felt that she might have to quit the violin for a while. In addition, she did not have a green card to work in the Washington National Symphonie Orchestra.

Irene started working on her own again last year, building a new repertory, and playing in the soundtrack of Alexandre's previous film 8/ood Red Sky. Last summer, Irene finally won a green card at the annual "Green Card Lottery". She received the card at the end of March, and played the U.S. premiere of Donizetti's Poliuto Opera with the Washington Camerata Orchestra in May. A new career is beginning!